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Guest post: Top Solar Stories of 2012

2012 was a busy year for the solar industry, seeing solar trade wars blossom, Obama’s win solidifying 4 more years of solar investment, and the largest single-unit solar power plant in the world being completed in Abu Dhabi. CleanTechnica gives us an in-depth overview of the top stories of the year.

My favourites include:

  1. Japan implements generous feed-in tariff, sparks huge solar power growth- The country enacted a higher-than-expected government solar energy feed-in tariff of 42 yen ($0.525) per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in July.
  2. Largest single-unit solar power plant in world is completed in Abu Dhabi, UAE- At the end of November, Masdar corporation announced that it was about to finish the largest solar power plant in the world
  3. Obama wins election, guaranteeing another 4 years of good solar power support from the US- Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that he championed, broad and varied support was provided to solar energy and cleantech.
  4. Solar trade war grows- Beyond US actions against Chinese solar companies, China retaliated with challenges to US solar policies, and European companies initiated action against Chinese solar companies.
  5. Australia — hidden decentralized solar giant — sees strong solar growth and better than grid parity solar prices.

For the full list of top stories, go to : CleanTechnica

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